Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure

Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure

Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure
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Swim with DolphinsBoat ToursEco ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Our ocean safari, lead by marine biologists, naturalists, and certified lifeguards on a 32' USCG inspected RHIB is based on the leeward coast of the island of Oahu. If you're looking to avoid crowds, we are dedicated to guiding small groups of people on a low impact interaction in and out of the water, with wild dolphins, turtles, and pristine living coral reefs year round. We also add whale watching during the winter months. On our Dolphin Excursion Tour, dolphin sightings are guaranteed! If no dolphins are seen on your tour you will receive a return trip for free. While dolphin sightings are guaranteed, swimming with dolphins is not... but we will do our best! Federal Law does not allow us to get in the water with SPINNER dolphins in shallow water. Any in-water interactions with dolphins will be offshore and/or with one of our many other species of dolphins around Hawaii. Those opportunities are frequent but always dependent on a variety of conditions including animal behavior.
Waianae, Hawaii
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2023

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Destination624600
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
I highly recommend Dolphin Excursions to anyone visiting Oahu! This all-female company gave us an AMAZING tour for a very reasonable price. We did the 7:30am tour, and the staff greeted us when we arrived early and got us all set with our gear. They were very friendly and accommodating! The tour started on time, and both the captain and the mate did an excellent job of explaining what we would see and giving facts about the area and the wildlife we would see.
We spotted several humpback whales right away, and the experienced captain was able to "follow" the whales so we got several sightings of them coming to the surface.
We stopped in two different spots to snorkel, and the water was clear and there were plenty of fish. Absolutely beautiful. My 9 year old wanted to go back to the boat because she was cold, but I wanted to see more fish, so the crew graciously helped her on to the boat and made sure she got settled. The BEST part of the second snorkeling spot was that we were able to 35+ dolphins at close range!!! In order to protect and preserve the habitat, we stayed in a close group and just floated and let the dolphins swim by. It was so awesome!
We weren't very far from shore the whole time if anyone is afraid of being out on the open ocean ;) The views of the shoreline were beautiful, and, because of COVID, we had a small group of only 10 people on the boat which made it very comfortable. My husband, 3 kids, and I loved this tour and have already recommended it to a friend who is traveling to Oahu soon.
Great price, great staff, amazing adventure!
Written March 4, 2021
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kekepan
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My wife and I went on the dolphin excursion twice and it was amazing both times! The staff genuinely love their jobs and they know their stuff. It was really cool to have a marine biologist on board to identify the marine animals we saw and their tendencies. On our first excursion, despite having an amazing time swimming with sea turtles, we only saw 3 dolphins momentarily. The staff felt that we didn't get our moneys worth so they provided us a voucher to go again. On our second excursion, we saw multiple humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, a jumping needle fish, sea turtles, and spinner dolphins. It was unforgettable! I don't know how to swim and I felt safe and comfortable throughout the whole excursion.

Note that spinner dolphins are nocturnal so we believe there's a higher chance of seeing them in the morning 7:30 tour as opposed to the 11:00 tour. We did the later tour the first time around but went on the earlier one the second time. We highly recommend taking Gravol to avoid sea sickness! Lunch was also provided.

Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Oahu!

Written February 29, 2020
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darnu2
Berkeley, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The tour was a lot of fun! Including us, there were 9 guests and about 5 staff. We started on the east shore and went north in search of dolphins. On the way there, we spotted and watched a few whales. As we neared the north shore, we saw a pod of dolphins from a boat. The ship captain then took us a little bit ahead of the dolphins and let us jump in the water. There we snorkeled and watched as several tens of Hawaiian spinner dolphins swam by under us. It was an amazing sight! After repeating this one more time, we zipped around the waters of north shore a bit where as we spotted bottle-nose dolphins doing jumps out of the water. Next, we headed back south to east shore and then snorkeled where turtles are frequently spotted and saw two of them before heading back to the starting point. Throughout the tour, the staff were all very friendly and gave various marine life facts and stories of things they had observed over the years. I highly recommend the tour! Also, we paid for the photo package and were glad that we did. On top of the photographer having better equipment than just a go pro, it allowed us to enjoy watching the wild life with our own eyes and not through a small camera screen. I recommended the photo package as well. Finally, as a tip to those like me and my wife who are not used to the seas, start taking Dramamine (the normal, not non-drowsy kind) a day BEFORE the trip and not just an hour before. It should make the waves of north shore MUCH more present ;)
Written March 16, 2020
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Chung H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I'm so glad we booked with dolphin excursions. We saw two types of dolphins, some turtles and an endangered seal. The guides with us were lovely and informative. We only had 6 people on our boat for a Tuesday 7am tour. This gave us plenty of room to relax and spread out. The early morning also meant calmer waters and less harsh sun though it was quite an early start. They have a dry cargo box area where people could put bags into they didn't want wet and they were happy to open and close it at any time for us.

The guides knew all the best spots to most likely find the dolphins. They were very cautious about moving slowly once we got there and letting the dolphins approach us after a while. I liked how they were very respectful of the wildlife and knowledgeable of their behaviors. We were able to get off the boat a few times to snorkel and the water was amazingly clear.
The spinner dolphins are a delight to watch as they spin and flip out of the water. The other type of dolphins we saw was a 200+ pod of spotted dolphins and these jumped high out of the water it was amazing to watch. They swam right up and along the boat for a while with us as we coasted. The 3 hours went by so fast and it was such a blast. Highly recommend. They also refund you here of you don't see any dolphins!
Written October 28, 2021
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lorenecatala
Santa Monica, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We had such a wonderful time during our tour; we loved how we approached the group of dolphins we got lucky to cross on our path! First we spotted them, then we let them come around us and explore, until they felt comfortable and told all their group that we were safe. At that time we were told to go meet them in the water: what an incredible experience to swim and see all of these dolphins around us being so playful and comfortable! Kudos to the team for respecting our nature in such a wonderful way. We also got lucky to see turtles, corals, anemones and beautiful exotic fishes while snorkeling! This is wonderful unique memory for a life time!! Thank you!!! :-))
Written August 12, 2021
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60monab
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We took our at-risk youth on this excursion to expose them to Ocean Careers. It was fabulous! They saw the ocean from a different perspective, swam with dolphins, and snorkeled on a reef with turtles, fish and rays. They saw what boat captains and deckhands do, and how to lower anchors and tie up to piers. They saw fishermen up close and barge ships passing by. Our reason for going was different than most, but we highly recommend this for visitors and tourists as well. It will be a highlight of your vacation.
Written June 27, 2020
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Sunshine47262407342
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you’re going to do only 1 activity in Hawaii, Dolphin Excursions Snorkel Adventure should be it!! I did the 7 am tour, and we snorkeled with two types of dolphins (spinner and spotted), as well as a sea turtle and gorgeous fish. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and respectful, altering the guidance and behaviors based on their knowledge of the different types of dolphins. When we couldn’t see the dolphins underwater the first time we got out of the boat, the captain respectfully approached the dolphins from a different angle so we were able to snorkel with them. The company also took on many COVID safety measures, which was much appreciated. I had a phenomenal experience, and the underwater footage I got of wild dolphins is fantastic! I could not more highly recommend this activity!!!
Written August 8, 2021
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Kathryn S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I think this is only the second time I've ever written a review, but as someone who obsesses over reviews before booking, I have to share my phenomenal experience on the morning dolphin snorkeling adventure. I was traveling by myself after a business trip in Honolulu. On a whim I booked this adventure a few days in advance when I quickly realized there was so much to see on this magical island. I was a bit nervous both going by myself and snorkeling with dolphins and turtles, but I had nothing to fear. This outing was AMAZING. First, the crew is soooo nice. They all know each other and work with each other very well, I felt like I was on a family boat. And it was a beautiful morning, I'm glad I did the early trip, the lighting was magical. We got seemingly very lucky and snorkeled with close to one hundred dolphins. It was AMAZING. And so peaceful. I can't describe it....you just have to experience it. The sea turtles were amazing too. It was such an amazing experience to be in the ocean, in the clearest water I have ever seen, with the whitest sand ocean floors ever, and being welcomed by the dolphins and turtles. If you are thinking about this excursion, just book it! You won't forget it!
Written March 16, 2020
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lyp1234
Castle Rock, CO14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great morning tour of whales and dolphins! We had to schedule last minute with this company due to mechanical issues with another company. We were recommended to them by the other company due to their marine-awareness and care. From the first time we spoke to receptionist to schedule our trip, to the check in staff, to the boat crew, we were impressed with everyone’s experience and kindness. True Aloha spirit. The meal at the restaurant after the trip in the cafe was surprisingly pretty good. We were impressed with all aspects of the tour.
Written February 6, 2020
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Judy W
Olympia, Washington, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
I sent eight family members, four adults and four children, on the 10:30 departure oApril 8, 2021. They had a fabulous time, saw dolphins and turtles and a manta ray, and in the distance a young whale breech. They loved the snorkeling as well. But what impressed the four adults and two 9 yer-old girls (6 yr old boys didn't care) was that the entire crew was female! They were blown away by their knowledge, expertise and helpfulness. I have done this tour myself 5 or 6 times over the past 20 years and have never had anything less than a wonderful experience. This is the best dolphin/whale excursion on Oahu!
Written April 13, 2021
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